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West Terre Haute police officer arrested

Monday, February 6, 2012

WEST TERRE HAUTE -- The Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division at the Putnamville Post arrested a West Terre Haute police officer for multiple counts of felony theft.

The thefts are alleged to have occurred between Jan. 24, 2011, and Aug. 25, 2011, while the suspect was employed as a police officer for the Town of West Terre Haute.

Mark J. Arnold, 38, West Terre Haute, was arrested Monday evening on six counts of Theft (a class D felony).

At 5:06 p.m., Arnold, accompanied by his attorney, surrendered himself to state police officers at the Vigo County Jail.

Arnold had bonded out moments later after posting 10 percent of a $15,000 bond.

The Indiana State Police received a request to investigate the alleged crimes Oct. 27, 2011, by current West Terre Haute Police Chief Don Lark.

The request was initiated after an Indiana State Board of Accounts audit discovered a spike on gasoline consumption by the police department and alleged misuse of a gasoline credit card assigned to Arnold.

Further investigation by ISP found that Arnold had allegedly purchased gasoline for his personal truck, his girlfriend's SUV, and a portable gas can on multiple occasions at the Pacific Pride fuel station, 2026 E. Harlan Dr., in southern Vigo County.

Five of the purchases were found on video surveillance and totaled $267.83. There were 18 other questionable fuel purchases discovered during the audit involving Arnold.

The investigation was conducted by ISP Det. Tom Hanks. Assisting were ISP Trooper B.J. Patterson, the Vigo County Prosecutor's Office and the West Terre Haute Police Department.

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